Links for workshops
These links are intended for attendees of Cofactor workshops on topics such as ‘Getting published in journals’, ‘Writing for publication’ and ‘Writing scientific articles’. Please do not share this page more widely.
Book: What Editors Want: An Author’s Guide to Scientific Journal Publishing by Philippa J. Benson and Susan C. Silver (University of Chicago Press, 2012)
Book: The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Greg Colomb and Joe Williams. 3rd Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing). University of Chicago Press 2008.
Retraction Watch blog
ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals.
Explorations of Style: blog on academic writing by Rachael Cayley, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Writing Support, University of Toronto
American Chemical Society: ‘virtual issue’ of 20 editorials on Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication
Preparing to write
Responsible research publication: international standards for authors (position statement developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity,
For journal choice, see below (‘Choosing a journal’).
Referencing and Plagiarism
Most publishers and universities have their own rules on plagiarism. For example, here are Nature Publishing Group’s guidelines together with links to relevant articles.
What constitutes authorship? (Committee on Publication Ethics Discussion Document 2014)
Writing for an academic journal: 10 tips (Guardian Professional article by Rowena Murray, professor in education and director of research at the University of the West of Scotland)
Tips from an academic writing retreat (Hub for Education Research at Edinurgh Napier)
The Twitter Phenomenon #madwriting (blog post by a journalism lecturer)
Nature feature on collaborative writing tools such as Google Docs, Writelatex, Authorea and Fiduswriter
How do I write a scientific paper? Guidelines from SciDev.Net
Scientific reports: guide to writing from the University of North Carolina Writing Center
Title and abstract
Nature example for download (.doc format)
Tutorial post on titles by palaeontologist Mike Taylor
Research Trends article on choosing a good title
Blog post on academic paper/thesis titles by Patrick Dunleavy of LSE (Write for Research)
How to write a conference abstract (or how NOT to write one) – blog post in McGill University GradLife
How to write a scientific abstract in six easy steps: blog post by Steve Easterbrook (University of Toronto). Includes a fun example abstract about ‘widgetology’.
A collection of tips garnered from various journals by Dey Alexander
The Science of Scientific Writing: Article by George Gopen, Judith Swan, American Scientist, November-December 1990
How to write consistently boring scientific literature by Kaj Sand-Jensen, Oikos 2007
Peer review process
Peer review: the nuts and bolts: guide for early career researchers by Sense About Science
Peer review: a guide for researchers (Research Information Network 2010)
Taylor&Francis guide to peer review
When your paper is published
Melissa Terras: Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it? The verdict (blog post, 2012)
Christie Wilcox: Social Media for Scientists Part 1 of 5 (Discover Magazine, 2011)
Simon Bishop: Using Twitter as a Postgraduate Researcher (slides, 2013)
LSE Public Policy Group: Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities (pdf guide, 2011)
Dorothy Bishop: A gentle introduction to Twitter for the apprehensive academic (blog post, 2011)
John Launer: The age of Twitter (Postgraduate Medical Journal, 2013)
Choosing a journal
Anna has written several introductory posts on this subject (now getting a bit old):
You can use the Cofactor Journal Selector tool to select journals that fit a range of criteria such as those below.
Journal impact measures
Royal Society explanation of journal metrics and their uses and misuses
Journal Citation Reports (for Impact Factor)
Problems with the impact factor
Indexing: for a comprehensive list of the indexing services for journals, see this list from Springer.
See also Anna’s blog posts on
Scholarly Kitchen post on cascading peer review
See below under ‘How scientific publishing is changing’ for links to various megajournals.
Anna’s blog posts on journals that charge authors (and not for open access publication), journal submission fees and open access publication charges (links to a spreadsheet comparing author processing charges for 209 journals).
How scientific publishing is changing
Introduction to open access, including definitions of gold and green routes.
SHERPA FACT: check whether a particular journal fulfils the open access requirements of your funder.
Innovative journal publishers
Journal-independent peer review
Post-publication peer review services
Non-selective open access journals (‘megajournals’)
Physical and biological sciences:
PLOS One (Public Library of Science)
Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group)
Springer Plus (Springer)
QScience Connect (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals)The Scientific World Journal (Hindawi)
Biological sciences and medicine:
SAGE Open (SAGE)
Broad scope, selective open access journals
Open Biology (Royal Society)
Cell Reports (Elsevier)
mBio (American Society of Microbiology)
eLife (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, the Wellcome Trust)
PLOS Biology (Public Library of Science)
BMC Biology (BioMed Central)
Physical Review X (American Physical Society)